Alt-right protests: Protected off-duty activity or cause for termination?

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:00

It’s an employer’s nightmare. An employee shows up in a video making the rounds on social media taking part in a protest that includes violent clashes and racist insults. The employer wants no association with such actions and decides to cut ties. Will there be legal trouble if the employee is fired? Possibly, according to attorneys...

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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen—best practices from Top Chef

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:25

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality Padma Lakshmi back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts. This “episode” is now at the center of a lawsuit brought by the federal government against four […]

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Solar eclipse presents opportunities for fun at work, but be careful

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:00

Much of the country will go dark in the middle of the day on August 21 during the solar eclipse, but employers shouldn’t be in the dark about the opportunities – and a few risks – the event presents. Although all of the United States will experience at least a partial eclipse, not all will be in the path of totality. But that path includes a...

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Are you at risk of a data breach lawsuit?

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:07

by Stefanie M. Renaud With data security concerns at an all-time high after the global “WannaCry” ransomware hack in May 2017, you may be wondering if you need to do more to protect your employees’ and customers’ personal information. In Massachusetts, data security breaches can trigger extensive reporting requirements...

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DOL issues directive on visa program fraud and abuse

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 06:00

by Elaine C. Young We recently fielded a call from a client’s in-house employment counsel, who noted that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) seems to be rolling back employee protections, making her job a little easier. But then she observed that isn’t the case with immigration. The DOL is scaling back protections, except with...

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Leaks and whistleblowers and liability, oh my!

EntertainHR - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:20

Leaks are everywhere. They happen in politics, in sports, in the entertainment industry, in people’s everyday lives, and (unfortunately for many of us, myself included) in the roofs and pipes in our homes. How do we know that Kyrie Irving wants a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers? Someone leaked it to a reporter. We know […]

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You are in control of your own legacy

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:30

by Dan Oswald I enjoy reading biographies. People’s lives fascinate me and most of the time are much more interesting than any piece of fiction. Over the years, I’ve read dozens, if not hundreds, of biographies of politicians, business leaders, and athletes. I’m not sure what my fascination is with other people’s lives, but I think it has...

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Prevent discrimination against immigrant workers with sound I-9 practices

HR Hero Line - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 06:08

No employer wants to be the target of federal regulators on the hunt for workers not authorized to hold jobs in the United States. And no employer wants to be vulnerable to a national origin discrimination lawsuit. But both potential problems can be the result if an employer handles the employment verification process poorly.  Recent raids by...

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Cyberwarfare in the workplace: HR on the front lines

Technology for HR - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:53

by Lisa Berg If you thought cybersecurity was only IT’s responsibility, think again. Some of the biggest security threats are from hackers who purposefully target a company’s employees and trick them into divulging information or granting access to confidential information. Other threats result from employees’ careless...

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FMLA leave for school-related activities and child care

HR Hero Line - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:05

by Elizabeth B. Bradley It’s that time of year—summer vacations are wrapping up, and your employees’ children and grandchildren are heading back to school. Now is a good time for a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) refresher, with a focus on the requirements for leave related to school activities and child care, for which...

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Follow these 5 tips for effective decision making

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:13

by Dan Oswald Life is full of decisions. Think for a moment about all the decisions you face at work in just a single day. You make many choices every day that affect your business. Depending on your exact role, you make decisions about people, projects, strategy, and more. A lot of choices. And make no mistake about it, each choice comes with...

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Promoting from within? Take care to ease transition for new supervisors

HR Hero Line - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:00

It may seem a no-brainer for an employer looking to fill a supervisory position to offer the job to one of the nonsupervisory stars in the organization. Promoting from within can be a smart choice for many reasons, but the transition from underling to supervisor also can be problematic if management doesn’t take steps to ward off trouble before...

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Computer glitch forces Chipotle to defend against 10,000 FLSA claims

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:22

by Ryan B. Frazier It has been said, “Two’s company, but three’s a crowd.” But what does 10,000 make? In a claim for unpaid wages, it may constitute a “collective action” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA, which requires employers to pay hourly employees minimum wage and overtime...

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Trump v. Sessions: Constructive discharge? ‘We’ll see what happens’

HR Hero Line - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 17:44

by Michele L. (Warnock) Brott Not long ago, I wrote a rather lofty theoretical analysis about the notion of “constructive discharge,” or the legally frowned-upon practice of forcing employees to quit instead of firing them. I never expected a real-life threat of constructive discharge to erupt on the national stage. But, voilà! The very public...

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Muppets, Lannisters, and wrongful termination—which one isn’t like the others?

HR Hero Line - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:02

by Mark I. Schickman Kermit the Frog has been fired! From his birth in 1955 until 1990, Kermit was performed by his creator, Jim Henson. Since 1990, veteran Muppet performer Steve Whitmire donned the green felt. During Whitmire’s tenure, Kermit appeared in over 20 movies, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was grand marshal of the...

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2017 goals update: There’s still time to accomplish what you set out to do

The Oswald Letter - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 10:29

by Dan Oswald Have you ever noticed that as you get older, time seems to speed up? When I was a kid, a year seemed like forever. Now, not so much. We’re more than halfway through 2017. I know, it seems like we just celebrated New Year’s, and now we’re looking at the 4th of July in the rearview mirror. It’s time to check in on your goals...

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‘You like [us]! You really like [us]!’ … so please nominate our blog!

EntertainHR - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:40

OK, admittedly, Sally Field never uttered the phrase “You like me! You really like me!” when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1984′s “Places in the Heart.” Instead, what she really stated was: “You like me. Right now! You like me!” Does the exact wording matter? Not really. What matters...

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PTO for charity work: You give a little, they take a lot?

HR Hero Line - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:00

by Susan Hartmus Hiser Q Our company’s production work generally gets slow in the summer, and the company’s owner is a longtime proponent of charity work. Rather than giving employees extra vacation time in the summer or even laying them off, he would like to start offering a week of paid time off (PTO) to allow employees to do some...

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Border searches of electronic devices—what information is at risk?

Technology for HR - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:13

by Leigh Cole We all carry electronic devices when we travel—cell phones, tablets, and laptops. Some devices are personal, some are owned by our employer, and some contain confidential employer or customer information in e-mail or stored documents. Electronic devices are subject to search at U.S. ports of entry. Do your employees know what to...

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Summertime heat wave could be hazardous to employees’ health

HR Hero Line - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00

by Jodi R. Bohr Because I’m an Arizona native, you would think I would be able to tolerate the excessive heat that visits the Phoenix area every summer. For the most part, I can. I plan my day around early morning errands and hole up the rest of the day in air-conditioned indoors. I never go anywhere without my trusty water cup. And like most...

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